NO­BLE SQUARE

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Bar Bis­cay Sim­ply put, Bar Bis­cay is a party — with all the noise that term sug­gests — with straight­for­ward, de­li­cious, in­gre­di­ent-driven bites called pin­txos. Ex­ec­u­tive chef Johnny An­deres helms the kitchen, cook­ing un­af­fected, sim­ple food from the Span­ish coast, cen­tered on the Basque re­gion and spread­ing north and south. The menu is dot­ted with bites from land and sea, like large pieces of smoked mack­erel, crunchy cau­li­flower, frisee and re­moulade, com­bin­ing in a pro­tein-rich salad. A cou­ple of the veg­etable-fo­cused dishes are real stars, like spring peas mixed with bits of squid sausage and served with piper­ade on toast.

Open: Din­ner Tues­day to Satur­day. Prices: Small plates $9-$16; en­trees $18-$30. 1450 W. Chicago Ave., 312-455-8900. — P.V.

Tem­po­ris Two young veter­ans of Les No­mades run this 20-seat din­ing room in No­ble Square. From the out­side, it’s barely no­tice­able as a restau­rant; in­side, you’ll be de­lighted by cour­ses like rab­bit three ways (rack, tan­doori-spiced loin, con­fit leg) and foie gras ice cream domes sprin­kled with guava salt, all part of a 10-course, $125 menu. Hid­den down­stairs, a hy­dro­ponic gar­den sup­plies chefs with mi­cro­greens and other base­ment-totable good­ies.

Open: Din­ner Tues­day-

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